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Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
vladimir putin signed a bill that blocks russian children from leaving the country, even if u.s. families have already started the process of adopting them. the ban appears to be in re retaliation for u.s. criticism of russia's human rights record. >>> it's back to work for hillary clinton after being sidelined due to a concussion. she hit her head earlier this month after a stomach virus caused her to faint. overseas travel will remain off the table for several more weeks. >>> a woman has been arrested suspected of running a fraudulent fundraising scheme to profit off the sandy hook shooting tragedy. the 37-year-old was charged with lying to the fbi agents investigating the alleged scam. she spoke off camera earlier this month with our own jeff rossen. the uncle of 6-year-old shooting victim noah posner found a post online requesting donations to a personal paypal account. a complaint filed against alba claims she used text messages and phone calls. >>> out with the old and in with the new. the first thing that's got to go are some annoying words from this year. according to their annual
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Dec 30, 2012 8:00am EST
u.s. citizens and diplomates evacuate the central african republic. president obama ordered the evacuation after heavy criticism of the administration security response for the september 11th attack in benghazi. >>> george h.w. bush is out of intensive care and in a regular room in houston. a spokesman says his condition is improving. the 88-year-old has been hospitalized for more than a month with complications related to bronchitis >>> on december 31st, 1907, the first big ball drop took place in times square and somewhere back then a newscaster sat at a desk and talked about preparations. nothing has changed. the famous crystal ball is ready to drop and ring in 2013. the party planers leave nothing to chance. they tested the confetti in times square and packed on to broadway to watch the ball drop. >> there was no tv, big anchor desk or "today" show. in 1997, a newscaster was like, you will be doing weather. the ball is dropping pretty soon. >> how do you test confetti? >> do you hold it here and let it go? >> they cut up 1 million pieces an standout side their apartment and
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
killed three people at a u.s. base in eastern afghanistan today. the taliban claims it was targeting afghan police posted outside camp chapman. the surprise attack came after a trend of decreasing violence. >>> japan has a new prime minister this morning. voted in today and immediately began installing a new cabinet. ending three years of liberal administration. a conservative known for supporting big business, he also serves as prime minister in 2006 and 2007. >>> the announcement of the new prime minister drove japanese stock up this morning. amanda drury is live at the new york stock exchange with a look at the u.s. markets. good morning. >> good morning to you, savan h savannah. front and center for the markets and any hint of a deal definitely will bring out the buyers. as the home price data is important today. home prices are on the rise, lower inventory. holiday shopping, all the bargains to be had. we're watching stocks of retailers that are definitely hoping for a flurry of buyers that are hoping to get those post holiday buyers. >>> newtown, connecticut, police d
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Dec 9, 2012 8:00am EST
springs was rescued by u.s. and afghan troops overnight after intelligence showed he was in danger of eminent danger or possible death. dr. joseph was seen in the video posted, there you go, by "the morning star" earlier this morning as the medical director of the colorado-based humanitarian organization, he was in afghanistan overseeing a medical clinic. >>> south africans are praying for the health of former president nelson mandela. he was amitted to a hospital saturday for tests. mandela is 94 years old,'s in frail health. he hasn't made public appearances for a few years now. president jacob zuma visited mandela today and said he's doing well and there is no cause for an alarm. >>> in an attempt to defuse the escalating crisis in egypt, mohamed morsi is rescind iing h new law. >>> a new report says new york routinely ignored warning to prepare for a catastrophic hurricane. the warning started back in 1978 when a law was passed requiring the creation of a disaster plan. never happened. largely because of tight budgets or the lack of political drive to prepare for a storm many t
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Dec 27, 2012 9:00am EST
keep the u.s. from hitting its borrowing limit on new year's eve. >>> former president h.w. bush is stige the hospital and in intensive care with a guarded fever. he was hospitalized in late november and admitted for a lingering cough and bronchitis. >>> former south african president, nelson mandela has been returned from hto his home being hospitalized. he had been hospitalized for nearly three weeks, treated for a lung infection and gallstones. the government said mandela will receive top level care at his home. >>> and two bear cubs in the eastern forester, abandoned by their mothers meaning they were too young to take care of themselves. right now, the chief forester is taking care of them and eventually hopes to send them to a rehab center for wild animals. very cute. >>> this turtle just wants attention and went looking for love in all the wrong places. this commercial diver was at first surprised to find the massive turtle hanging on its back and gave him a shove to send him on its way. the lovelorn turtle was not deterred, and going back for more can noodling in thailand. t
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Dec 26, 2012 9:00am EST
suicide attack at a u.s. military base in afghanistan. vehicle driven by the bomber exploded at the gate to the base in the eastern part of the country. it happened today, killing three afghans. >>> police have found the body and chilling note in the home of a man who set his house on fire, then killed two firefighters christmas eve in upstate new york. they believe the body is that of william spengler's older sister. the note said spengler wanted to do what he liked doing best, killing people. >>> the christmas holiday is over for president obama and congress members both will be back in washington to try to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts january 1st. >>> price of milk could double if congress doesn't provide a fix for dairy prices. as you know aen s one scenario is to attach a farm bill to the fiscal cliff legislation if a deal can be reached in time. >>> newtown, connecticut, police in neighboring communities filled in for newtown officers so they could all have the day off to spend christmas with their families. >>> school shootings, bad weather and threat of ta
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Dec 18, 2012 2:05am EST
glassy baby is either a candle holder, a vase, a nice wine glass for a nice chardonnay. this is a u.s. small company that's given over $1 million to charity. >> a little company doing big, big good. >> really, really good things. >> i love it. these are gorgeous too. >> this is yankee candle that was started by a 17-year-old boy who melted his crayons for his monday. >> michael kitridge is one of my dearest friends. it's a true story. he now owns cringele candle. go ahead. >> i'm learning from you. we have a beautiful collection, and they're known for their apothacary jars with the big label, but they are design-minded, and they have a clean selection. $5 flat rate shipping right now. 20% off their living by candlelight collection. >> moving on. >> and then orrin audio. this was "time magazine" 50 best invention. they have an amazing special. the rocket is an orange thing that you clip on to a lampshade or cookie sheet or a guitar, and it will turn it into a speaker. custom headphones. you design them. these are called design ears. >> they took a shot. >> picture there of hoda. >> we'
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Dec 6, 2012 2:05am EST
across the northwest. we're going to see a trough over the central u.s. which means maybe some snow for us and some cold air. seeing our boundary now across the northern states, and pretty dry conditions overall. a little bit of rain into florida. but check out these temperatures. yes, they're cooler than they have been. but these temperatures still above average for a lot of us. 72 degrees in dallas. again we are south of that boundary. friday we get some gulf moisture to come northward. now we're dealing with showers to the northeast. but it is rain. it's not going to be snow. and then across the upper midwest and northern plains. snowshowers coming in minneapolis. this is the beginning of the change. check out these temperatures in the 30s for a high. imagine what those lows are going to be like on friday. then our storm begins to come out of the rockies. and as it does that's where we're going to see some snowshowers anywhere from minneapolis, omaha, all the way back into denver. some accumulating snow in our forecast on sunday. will that mean no school on monday? well, stay tun
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Dec 1, 2012 5:00am PST
u.s. open tennis referee accused of killing her husband with a coffee mug. and while she's walking free, authorities say the case against her still isn't closed. today is saturday, december 1st, 2012. >> from nbc news, this is "today" with lester holt and erica hill, live from studio >> did i just say december 1st already? >> i don't know how that happened. >> welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. there is a little bit of a break for folks this morning, but it's not going to last. millions of residents along the west coast will get hit hard later today when a new storm stretching from central california up to washington state pounds the region. already the stormy weather there in recent days has turned deadly. we'll get dylan's forecast in just a minute. >>> also ahead, the president hitting the road trying to do an end around past congress. he's pushing his proposal to stall the dispute over the fiscal cliff. will his newest campaign of taking it to the people work? we're live in washington with the latest. >>> also ahead, two words ever
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Dec 6, 2012 7:00am EST
chemical weapons on its own people. what can the u.s. government do to avoid a catastrophe? >>> dire warning. 26 days left until the deadline and a top official says the president is willing to go off the fiscal cliff if necessary. and some republicans signal they may be ready to give in on a key sticking point. >>> and heading home, a smiling duchess of cambridge and prince william leave the hospital this morning, four days after she checked in with extreme morning sickness. we're live in london today, thursday, december 6th, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is "today" with matt lauer and savannah gurthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning, welcome to "today" on a thursday morning, i'm savannah gurthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. nice images to see out of london over the past couple of days. we've been watching duchess of cambridge. she seemed a little shaky as she held the railing. we're going to have more on that story and, of course, the ridiculous prank played out by the deejays later on. >> good job, prince william with the flowers. >>> a story
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Dec 28, 2012 7:00am EST
at the age of 78. he's being remembered as one of the greatest military figures in u.s. history. more on his remarkable life coming up. >>> also ahead, it happened again. a man shoved to his death in front of a new york city subway train. this time, the suspect is a woman. we will have the details. >>> and later, we'll look back at how we covered the biggest stories from 2012, from golden moments at the olympics to the hard-fought race for the white house and the unimaginable damage from superstorm sandy and more. >>> we'll start with another winter storm getting ready to wallop a large swath of the country. maria larosa has the details. >> it places like arkansas just a few days ago under blizzard warnings. now we're talking about freezing rain advisories. also, the winter weather advisories. you see the advisories stretch back into the ohio valley, back into the northeast. that's basically the trail of the snow with this next system. so over the next 24 to 48 hours we'll see it develop. it will continue through the south with thunderstorms and showers. not to the extent of the
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Dec 10, 2012 7:00am EST
afghanistan. it all started in the early morning hours of sunday as a joint u.s. afghan special team went in to save the life of dr. dilip joseph, an american doctor who was kidnapped two days before with two members of his afghan staff. the staff was released earlier when a small ransom was made but the taliban was asking for $100,000 for dr. joseph's release. general john allen felt that his life was in imminent danger and then called for the rescue mission as special operations team lured the taliban in, saying they would pay the ransom. the taliban came. instead, they were met by this team who killed at least six taliban insurgents. unfortunately, this u.s. navy s.e.a.l. also lost his life. his identity has not yet been released but he is being labeled a hero by the top brass in washington, including secretary of defense leon panetta and president barack obama who in a statement said he gave his life for his fellow americans and he and his teammates remind us once more of the selfless service that allows our nation to stay strong, safe and free. the american navy s.e.a.l. sacrifi
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Dec 18, 2012 9:00am EST
judge has refused to ban u.s. sales of three samsung smart phones even though a jury decided in august that the models made illegal use of some apple technology. that jury did order samsung to pay apple more than a billion dollars. however, the judge said monday that apple's demands to ban the phones was too broad of a punishpunis punishment and that doing so would harm the public. >>> the u.s. government has fined toyota a record $17 pn.4 million for failing to quickly report a safety problem and delaying a recall. toyota has agreed to pay the penalty without admitting that it broke any laws. the fine stems if a june recall of lexus suvs because the drivers side floor mats can trap the gas medal. it is the fourth fine against toyota in the past two years for similar infractions. >>> hasbro will start marketing a gender neutral version of its popular easy bake oven and use boys in the ads for the toy. a new jersey girl -- yes, a girl, she gathered signatures in her online petition, urging hasbro to make the change. she was inspired after trying to bake an easy bake for her littl
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Dec 23, 2012 8:00am EST
some places, more than 1700 u.s. flights canceled. >> i got delayed 24 hours. >> reporter: this was your bed right here? >> this was my bed, much cheaper than a hotel. >> reporter: on saturday, high winds delayed flights by almost two hours in washington and new york. syracuse is still digging out. for now, air travel is slowly getting easier. flightaware.com reports that on thursday, there were more than 1100 canceled flights in the u.s. on friday, that dropped to about 600. by saturday, more than 100. >> for six hours. >> reporter: a few of the remaining problems on the west coast for another storm system brought rain and snow. in california's higher elevations, would-be skiers struggled along i-80. >> it was quite a struggle to get to this point thus far. it is absolutely going to be worth it. >> reporter: for the 84 million people expected to travel by car, good news. gas prices are now an average of $3.24 a gallon, down 20 cents in a month. for some families this christmas, even better news. just ask kate black, who saw her daughter, a navy recruit, for the first time in nine m
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Dec 6, 2012 9:00am EST
got a check of the headlines. >>> u.s. officials tell nbc news that the syrian military is prepared to use chemical weapons against its own people as president assad's regime is on the brink of collapse amid that country's civil war. the syrian military has loaded precursor chemicals for deadly nerve gas into bombs and they're now awaiting final orders from president assad. >>> it's a high-stakes game of chicken on capitol hill as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are standing their ground on the plans to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. treasury secretary tim geithner says the administration will allow the nation to be slammed by tax hikes and spending cuts in the new year if the republicans do not agree to raise taxes on wealthy americans. the gop slammed geithner's comments as, quote, irresponsible. >>> a new york city homeless man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of a man pushed in front of a subway train. 30-year-old naeem davis being held without bail. he has several prior arrests and served two years in prison for robbery. on wednesday, the victim's
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Dec 17, 2012 7:00am EST
scheduled for saturday. >>> u.s. postal service says today will be the busiest mailing day of the year as customers send out last-minute holiday cards and gifts along with the usual mail that adds up to 156 million pieces this day alone. wednesday and thursday will be the biggest delivery days. >>> piano used in one of the most memorable scenes now has a new owner. small green and yellow upright from the 1942 classic, casablanca. as the character sam sang that favorite "as time goes by." >> that would be a cool thing to own. natalie, thank you very much. mr. roker with a check of the weath weather. n a day like today, we'll show you that we are looking at the week ahead. early part of the week, above nar mall temperatures for two-thirds of the eastern u.s. out west, colder than usual. rain along the coast. by the mid-week period the rain and snow extends east. it stays warm in the midatlantic states, northeast gulf coast into the great lakes with snow in new england. latter part of the week we expect a wet, snowy return into the midatlantic states, new england into the ohio river valley.
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Dec 27, 2012 2:05am EST
scottish and came over to the u.s. and we started using it in the 1920s and now it's a tradition. >> so nostalgic. >> when you hear it it makes you feel warm and fuzzy. >> and happy. >> this lady is from boca raton where it's absolutely gorgeous, but in the star-studded cast of "new year's eve," who was in charge of making the ball drop? jessica biel, hillary swank, michelle pfeiffer? . >> hilary swank. >> yes. there you go. >> hilary swank. that was a fun movie. >> it was a fun movie. directed by gary marshall, follow-up to "valentine's day." >> i don't remember the controversy of the ball drop. >> she was trying to get him. you liked the movie, a lot of critics slammed it. >> critics slam everything. >> it's what we do. >> back across. >> we enjoyed that. gary marshall, good guy. you're from dallas, right? >> yep. >> how much did last year's ball in times square weigh, 1,000 found, 5,050, 11,875 or 15,575? >> c? >> how do you know that? >> because it was heavy, i knew. >> because it was heavy she knew. the correct answer there 11,875 pounds. >> huge. 12 feet in diameter and lets off 1
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
night when u.s. marshals say th say the suspect has opened felo felony warrants they tried to se serve and they bes are allowed to to return to their homes. no no one else was hurt. >>> a >>> also in prince george's co county, four men that forced into the a house and the inva invasion happened around 2:00 th this morning in fort washington. police say the robbers demanded cash cash and jewelry and the home opener was taken to the hospital wi with a gunshot wouldn't wound t the the back and he's expected to be okay. okay. >> w >> weather and traffic for you ri right after this. [ male announcer ] there are plenty of reasons to be jolly at the chevy year-end event because chevy's giving more. more efficiency with sonic and cruze... more function in equinox and traverse... more dependability with the legendary silverado... and more style in the all-new malibu. chevy's giving more at the year-end event because 'tis the season. chevy's giving more. this holiday season, get a 2013 cruze ls for around $149 per month or get $500 holiday bonus cash. >>> good morning, damp and chi chilly
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Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ till you finish your vegetables. [ clock ticking ] [ male announcer ] there's a better way... v8 v-fusion. vegetable nutrition they need, fruit taste they love. could've had a v8. or...try kids boxes! [ female announcer ] from the day we are born, we're defined by a number. ♪ but is a number inspiring? ♪ we believe in a more powerful motivation. [ woman #1 ] pride. [ woman #2 ] posibilidades. [ woman #3 ] self esteem. [ woman #4 ] confidenca. [ female announcer ] not a number, but the way we want to feel. [ woman #5 ] beautiful. [ female announcer ] tell us... what will you gain when you lose? >>> now that the christmas presents have been unwrapped, retailers are anticipating gift getters taking back items. a record $63 billion worth of holiday gifts will be returned this year, and you might be surprised where all those unwanted presents end up. c kerry sanders with the story. >
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Dec 24, 2012 7:00am EST
troops have been killed by afghan soldiers or police in the past year. u.s. military officials say it appears a navy s.e.a.l.s commander committed suicide this weekend in afghanistan. his death is under investigation. >>> a united nations envoy is in damascus it this morning in a bid to end the escalating civil war after a government air strike on a bakery in central syria killed more than 60 people as they were waiting for bread. more than 40,000 people have died since the conflict began in march of 2011. >>> idaho senator michael kra poe is apologizing it to ms. family and constituents after arrested and charged with driving under the influence. he was stopped in virginia for running a red light on sunday. he failed sobriety tests registering a blood alcohol level over the legal limit. the senator who was eye mormon has said in the past he does not drink alcohol as his religion prohibits it. >>> turning to wall street, kayla is at athe new york stock exchange. good morning. >> the stock mark has tracked the progress of the fiscal cliff talks or lack thereof. falling on news of no de
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am EST
get on board with that program? what do you do? >> expanding it to more airports in the u.s. you can pay $100 and apply through global entry, which is a program that allows for free security checks and your passport control as well. >> i flew with my kids. they don't take their shoes off, under 12 already. >> fur a member of the precheck, your kids can go in the line with you. >> you're buying that for me. >> that's your christmas gift. how about new planes in these fleets? >> good news is that a lot of older models are going out to pasture. we're excited about the 787 dreamliner in particular. 20% less -- more fuel efficiency and it is also made up of composite materials instead of aluminum which allows for better cabin pressure, little more humidity on board, more comfort. windows are larger, lighting is more subtle. better experience. >> more room maybe, too? >> don't expect a lot more room. the airlines install the seats. however, the seats themselves are more comfortable and you get more technology and more amenities as well. >> i heard maybe beds, not only international but
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Dec 27, 2012 7:00am EST
the 31st, the u.s. will hit the credit card limit, the debt limit and will have to take extraordinary measures to pay its bills. >> peter alexander, at the white house. chuck todd is the chief white house correspondent and political director. good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah. >> it's five days before going over the fiscal cliff. we know the president is coming back to washington but will lawmakers meet him there? are lawmakers even talking at this point? >> reporter: it's unbelievable. it's been ten days since there has been a meaningful conversation between the president and any republican, in that case, speaker boehner. ten day, any exchange of proposals, any back and forth trying to come up with something. since then, total political paralysis and doesn't look like anything more is going to happen. harry reid saying i won't bring anything to the senate floor or call a vote until i know for sure the republicans in the senate and republicans in the house will actually take whatever bill they come up with an put it on the floor. it's looking more and more likel
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Dec 18, 2012 7:00am EST
for a two-year limit instead. >>> a federal judge has refused to ban u.s. sales of three samsung smart phones, even though a jury decided in august that the models made illegal use of apple technology. that jury also ordered samsung to pay apple more than $1 billion. the judge said monday that apple's demands to ban the phones was too broad of a punishment and that doing so would harm the public. >>> now for a look at what's happening on wall street today, let's go to the new york stock exchange. good morning, kayla. >> good morning, tamron. the economic calendar is slowing, the focus has sharpened on washington. the markets cheeringhat appears to be a deal coming closer, even though economists say that growth still will be sluggish in the u.s. at the beginning of next year. meantime, corporate america shelling out cash in preparation of big tax hikes. some $35 billion already paid out in dividends straight to investors. tamron, back to you. >>> a computer hacker who broke into online accounts of christina aguilera, scarlett johansson, and dozens of other women was sentenced monday to
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Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
the last week shows us that that clan still has clout and a lot of impact in the u.s. whatever jeb bush does in 2016, now is the time for him to have -- he has already begun doing this, stab himself as an ideological cornerstone for his party. he can draw his party back to the reasonable center. >> do you suspect he will make the move? >> that will be hard for him especially with the wide open primary. >> let's move on to business in 2013. marisa mayer coming to yahoo! from google. >> the fact she's a woman, so very young, announced her pregnancy on the day she was announced as the new head of yahoo!. none of that matters to yahoo!. is she going to acquire apps, acquire a tech company? the fact that they released a new flicker that can compete with instagrahm and did it the day before instagram had their privacy issue. >>> silicon valley legend. good year in a lot of ways for apple. released a flock of new products, ipad mini and iphone 5. there were some debacles, the maps issue, the plant issue. the stock is off 70% of its share high. we'll see how he will right the ship. >> also
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Dec 6, 2012 4:30am EST
on damascus, the syrian regime has turned increasingly desperate. u.s. officials tell nbc news the syrian military has now loaded the precursor chemicals for seron nerve gas into aerial bombs that could be dropped from dozens of syrian fighter bombers. this week u.s. intelligence detected a flurry of activity at chemical weapons site, like this one near homs. while u.s. officials confirmed the precursor chemicals are loaded and they must be mixed together to get the sarin gas. president obama and hillary clinton issued strong warning to syria's president bashar al assad. >> it's the point of no return. they're going to lose any sort of backing they had in terms of the chinese and russians. it's a suicide mission. >> reporter: the killing force of sarin nerve gas is devastating. 5,000 kerds were killed in 1988. >>> well, back here at home, fiscal cliff negotiations in washington are still up in the air. most lawmakers have gone home for a long weekend. this, as treasury secretary timothy geithner says the obama administration is willing to go over the fiscal cliff. nbc's tracie pott
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Dec 31, 2012 6:00am EST
, al qaeda is offering a bounty of more than $23,000 to anyone who kills the u.s. ambassador to yemen. the officers posted on a website with ties to the al qaeda branch in yemen. the terrorist group is offering money to anyone who kills an american soldier in yemen. yemen is a u.s. ally however, it's frying -- >> the senate homeland security committee will release a new report criticizing the state department for the u.s. consulate attack in libya. nbc news obtained an advanced copy. in it, it found that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> good morning everyone. 6:07 is the time. right now, people are already gathering in times square and it's cold out there. like 15 to 20 degrees colder than last year. more than a million people are expected to ring in the new year there. a look at the last minute preps coming up ahead. >>> 2012 is ending on a cold night. we check weather and traffic on the 1s. >>> the major secret spilled about kim
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Dec 18, 2012 5:00am EST
here of that swat team coming in about six hours ago. here is what we know. u.s. marshals came to make an arrest monday night. they had some sort of altercation with the suspect who lives here. he has now barricaded himself inside an apartment here. we're told he is armed but there are no hostages taken. that he has taken in that building. no one else in that building either because it's been evacuated. prince george's county swat team is now negotiating with him. sources on the scene telling us the suspect may have been involved in recent carjackings and that's why he was being arrested this entire area will be blocked off, things here shut down until they can resolve the situation. we do have dozens of riss dents out here in the parking lot waiting to be let back inside. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> thank you, melissa. police are releasing few details after they found a man inside a building. 200 i street yesterday afternoon. homicide crews were also called to the scene. police are not saying how the man died or if there are suspects. >>> police in prince william county are looking fo
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Dec 30, 2012 9:00am EST
which party would control the u.s. senate. hundreds of thousands of voters turned out in northern virginia on election day, and some waited in long lines for four hours to cast their votes, and presidential candidates rallied supporters throughout the campaign and spending millions on ads. in the end, the voters helped to re-elect barack obama and elected tim kaine to the senate. and then marriage equality was approved, and gay coupled in maryland can begin saying "i do" in january. number three, scandal in the district. two sitting counsel members resigned and were charged with felonies. harry thomas resigned in january admitting to stealing $400,000 that was designated for city youth programs. plus, the on going investigation into d.c. mayor vincent gray's 2010 campaign. harris pleaded guilty to a $650,000 shadow campaign to help elect gray. two other campaign workers pleaded guilty to a separate scheme to pay minor candidate brown for his sharp criticism of mayor fenty. and then the d.c. baseball team made playoffs. the washington nationals earned the best record in baseball on
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Dec 18, 2012 4:30am EST
missing after turkish media filed reports that the u.s. journalist along with a turkish journalist that he usually travels with and works a lot with disappeared on thursday. so some comforting news early on this tuesday. back to you. >> angie goff live for us with that breaking news. angie, thank you. >>> the time right now is 4:54. coming up, a 13-year-old girl gets her wish had her fight for equality. one toy at a time. how the makers of the easy-bake oven are making changes. >> w did you get chips for the party? nope. cheese plate? cheese plate...nope. i made something better. ♪ you used the oven? boom ♪ [ male announcer ] pillsbury crescents. let the making begin. here's a better idea. pillsbury grands! flaky layers biscuits in just 15 minutes the light delicate layers add a layer of warmth to your next dinner. pillsbury grands biscuits let the making begin. . >>> welcome back at 4:57. d.c. is looking for a replacement to the controversial red top meter program. it aimed to reserve about 10% of the city's metered response with disabilities. it would have forced handicapped drive
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Dec 24, 2012 4:30am EST
happened at the kabul police headquarters and the victim is described as a u.s. adviser. it's not clear yet if the person was military personnel or a civilian. police have also have not said if the shooting was intentional or intent accidental. >>> an investigation into the apparent suicide of an elite commander in afghanistan. job price was commanding officer of navy s.e.a.l. team four assisting in the training of afghan police officers. a military official told cnn there's no indication price was involved in any investigation or controversy. he is survived by his wife and daughter. ♪ >>> a formal good-bye for the late senator daniel inouye yesterday. he was the second longest serving senator in u.s. history representing the state of hawaii for 50 years. he died of respiratory complications last monday. >>> mitt romney's oldest son is raising eyebrows this morning about comments he made about his father's run for the presidency. tagg romney claims he would have been ecstatic to step aside if he cld have found someone else to take his place. tagg worked as an advisory on his fat
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Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
dinosaur smugglers. a fossil dealer from florida admitted to sneaking stolen dinosaur bones to the u.s. the bones included a 70-year-old tyrannosaurus that sold at auction for more than $1 million. >>> and finally, from the cute file, we've been tracking the progress of this 5-year-old panda cub from the san diego zoo. he tips the scales at 14 pounds and zookeepers say he's growing normally. he's got a big plastic ring and chewing on bamboo. glad to see he's doing well. >>> over to wall street for a check. the dow lost 18 on thursday closing at 13,096. the s&p was down a point and the nasdaq lost 4. overseas, nikkei gained 72 points while the hang seng added 46. >>> as those fiscal cliff worries become more real on main street and wall street, a dramatic drop sent stocks skidding thursday on news that house members will return to negotiations sunday evening. on investors' radar the latest pending home sales data comes out at 10:00 a.m. >>> meanwhile, the dairy industry is calling it the milk cliff. if congress doesn't approve a bill by january 1st, the prices could skyrocket from $3.65 a ga
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00am EST
sunni extremists. >>> al qaeda is offering a bounty of $23,000 to anyone who kills the u.s. ambassador to yemen. the terrorist group is offering money to who -- the offer is valid for six months. it's posted on a website with ties to the al qaeda branch in yemen. the country is a u.s. ally but is struggling to unify the army and re-establish order. >>> a new report criticizing the state department for response to the u.s. consulate attack in benghazi, libya. nbc news obtained an advance copy. the committee finds that bad security allowed militants to essentially walk into the compound. the report criticizes the state department for failing to sufficiently respond to requests for additional security. >>> now to a developing story out of new york. we're waiting to learn more about secretary of state hillary clinton's condition this morning. she's in the hospital where doctors are treating her for a blood clot. they discovered it yesterday during a follow-up exam for the concussion she suffered earlier this month. clinton hit her head when she fell while recovering from a stomach virus. h
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
on a recent u.s. law targeting russians who abuse human rights. for a closer look at russia's proposed adoption ban, tune in to the "today" show at 7:00 here on nbc4. >>> congressional leaders will try again today to reach a deal to keep the country from plunging off the fiscal cliff. president obama hosting that meeting this afternoon at the white house. it will be the first time that he's met with congressional leaders since november 16th. they have just four days now to come to an agreement. democrats and republicans say that means a possible deal will likely extend tax cuts to middle class americans and postpone spending cuts scheduled to take effect. that means the contentious issue will likely be debated sometime in the future. >>> house lawmakers are preparing for an 11th hour deal. they're returning to washington for a rare sunday evening session. it's not clear what the house will do. house speaker john boehner still insists it's up to the senate to make the next move. >>> iran's state television is reporting the country's navy started training drills in the strait of
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Dec 28, 2012 4:30am EST
trip as well as testimony before congress about the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. >>> 4:35. the man accused of walking into sandy hook school with a two by four will be in court. that incident happened last week in -- christopher johnson wrote high-powered rifle on that board. police say he made general statement about school safety. no one was hurt. johnson, now charged with disorderly conduct. >>> later this morning, two of the three men accused of brutally beating a capitol hill man this summer will be in court. tommy branch and sonny cued i attacked and robbed maslin. he was in a coma for nearly two months. branch and his accomplice are due in court. the third suspect, michael moore, waived his right to a hearing. >>> today is the first day of the gun show in chantilly. protesters plan to be out in full force. the code pink, the social advocacy group, is prepared to protest outside. the group interrupted the nra news conference last week if you you remember this. they want stricter regulations when it comes to buying guns. >> the rules on gun shows are very loose. the f
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Dec 6, 2012 4:30am EST
question. a judge ordered him to be held without bail. >>> cuba is now accusing the u.s. of lying about the health of a maryland man in their country. speculation that alan gross has cancer or that is health is deteriorating is false. they say he has been treated decently while in prison, seen qualified doctors and speaks often with friends and family. the u.s. has increased pressure on cuba to release gross who has lost 100 pounds and developed a mass on his shoulder. cuba wants a trade. they will release gross if the u.s. allow five cuban spies to go free. >>> today quantico's -- the pretrial questions if bradley manning's case should be dismissed. yesterday a top correctional officer said manning was improperly kept on suicide watch for at least seven days. his testimony said this happened on two occasions. the correctional officer also said the commander did not follow a psychiatrist recommendation to take manning off suicide watch. >>> the future of a maryland state delegate seat is once again up the a judge to decide. greg hall filed an appeal in the case. hours earlier, a judge r
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Dec 7, 2012 4:00am EST
federation on how to track u.s. submarine using the technology he learned on the job working for the navy. the information included the technology and procedures required to find the subs. hoffman delivered that information to fbi agents posing as an undercover operation. >> that was andy fox reporting. >>> now for a look at your friday weather, nicks meteorologist dylan dreyer is here with the forecast. it happens to be our favorite one. >> i know. it is a good day but, yeah, you know, yesterday was so much colder than it has been. we're actually starting to see a pattern shift here. we are going to see colder air start to work in behind this cold front that is bringing a whole lot of rain through portions of the great lakes through the ohio river valley. basically the country is split in half. the northern part of the country is seeing all this messy weather mostly in the form of rain but the southern half of the country, minus a couple of clouds, really not seeing too much of anything. in fact, most of our warm temperatures are down through the gulf coast states as well. this cold fron
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Dec 10, 2012 4:30am EST
>>> intense cold blows into the u.s. along with record snowfall and thunderstorms for most of the country. >>> gasoline almost half a buck cheaper and going lower as president obama and boehner meet face to face to go over the looming fiscal cliff. >>> the latest on the death of a nurse. a handcuffed manakes off with a police cruiser. >>> and could hillary clinton be presented with an offer she can't refuse? "early today" starts right now. >>> this is "early today" for monday, december 10, 2012. >>> hey there, good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. right now residents in the midwest are waking up to the heaviest snow in months. highway closures and around 150 flight cancelations and delays at minneapolis, st. paul's airport, this morning. bill karins tracking the weather. what does it look like now? >> old man winter crashed the party this weekend. without a doubt. we were off to a warm period of weather throughout the country. now all the cold air up in canada and alaska has rushed to the south behind the storm. most of the snow was over with. light stuff and flurries minn
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
law banning u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. russia is one of the top countries from which america adopts. it could affect more than 1500 adoptions currently under way. melissa mollet, news 4. >>> four minutes after 5:00. the military world mourning the death of the man known as stormin' norman. he died yesterday from complications with pneumonia. he's best remembered as helping lead forces that kicked saddam hussein out of kuwait during the first gulf war. a friend of his says schwarzkopf was in love with america and was possessed by a sense of duty. norman schwarzkopf was 78 years old. former president george h.w. bush released a statement saying "general schwarzkopf epitomized the duty, service, country creed. more than that, he was a good and decent man and a good friend." >>> the 41st president is still in intensive care but it appears that he's still fighting saying he's in good hands. a spokesperson for the bush family says the former president will probably be in the hospital for a little while. but that he would advise people to "put the harps back in the clo
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Dec 7, 2012 6:00am EST
people have been killed in the country's civil war. >>> a u.s. capitol police officer is in the hospital this morning after being hit by a car. this happened around 8:30 last night around massachusetts avenue in northeast washington. we're told the officer was hit during a traffic stop. her condition has not been released. so far no charges have been filed against the driver. >>> a video posted online is sparking an investigation of a metro bus driver. check it out. this video appears to show the driver holding and possibly even reading a newspaper behind the wheel. the rider who shot this video on unsuck d.c. metro posted it online. metro will start monitoring some of its employees next year, including bus drivers, to make sure they get enough sleep. the transit agency will ask those who maintain buses and trains to log their sleep habits and wear a motion detecting advice. metro is trying to combat fatigue after a 2011 study found those worked longer hours than allowed and had no limit to the number of consecutive days they worked. metro is also concerned about late night shif
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Dec 18, 2012 6:00am EST
. here's what we know about this situation developing over the past couple of hours. u.s. marshals came to the complex to make an arrest on monday night. they had an altercation with the suspect who then barricaded himself inside the apartment down the hill here. he was armed but did not have any hostages. prince george's county police, u.s. marshals were trying to negotiate with him for the past couple of hours. sources out here on the scene telling us he may have been involved in a recent carjackings and that is why he was arrested now, we plan to speak with prince george's county police here in just a second, get additional information. as soon as we do, we'll pass that information along. live in adelphi, maryland, melissa mollet. >>> police are on the hunt for suspects who broke into a prince george's county home and shot the homeowner. four men broke into that house in the 9100 block of lough gren house. the suspects shot him in the back. he's currently in the hospital with injuries. >>> it's 6:04. the newtown connecticut community will attempt to return to a sense of normalcy toda
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